``The Journey to Follow My Dreams`` Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial


The Journey to Follow My Dreams Mixed Media Canvas
For this canvas I started with some really nice textured paper I got on sale at Michaels. Sheets of pink, green and cream which I tore and inked with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink to age the edges. I find that this looks nicer than leaving the ragged edges white.
I adhered the paper to a canvas using Modge Podge. I also added some pieces of flowered napkin. The napkin is three ply so I separated the layers so only the printed layer was used. Then I lightly sponged Titan Buff paint over different areas of the collaged canvas. I also painted the edges of the canvas to match the papers used.

I used my favorite stencil from Crafter's Workshop to add purple swirls over the entire canvas.

 I outlined the swirls with a white paint pen and on some of the swirls I used Perfect Pearls embossing powder to add a lighter iridescent purple shade. Then I added pearls to the end points of each swirl.

Next I cut cheese cloth in strips and added it randomly to the canvas, gluing it down with Modge Podge. Some strips of lace and a few rhinestones added some extra texture and bling.
I found some really nice butterflies for free download on Swirlydoos website.

I printed a large pink butterfly three times. I cut the butterflies out and using dimensional tape I layered the 3 cut outs on top of each other. The first and second layer used the entire butterfly, the third layer was the top wings and body of the butterfly only. I did the same for the green butterfly. I also added some smaller peach colored butterflies around the canvas as well.

I printed out the quote by Debra Ann Tam on cardstock, cut out the phrase in three separate pieces and inked the edges of each phrase before adhering them to the canvas with Modge Podge.

To finish off the piece I added three flowers by Bo Bunny Blossoms and attached green ribbon to each for the stems.

And a cute little bird that was also borrowed from Swirlydoos
 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions or comments, send me a message and I'll be glad to respond.